To say this wedding day was an absolute dream is an understatement. I'll never forget our engagement session we had with these two, wandering around Grand Rapids capturing some amazing images and I had truly been counting down the days till their wedding day. Of course, the forecast ALL week long leading up to the wedding was a 90% chance of rain and
You guys! It’s our 3rd year in a row to win this award and we are HONORED to receive it! And as always, always, ALWAYS, it’s a recognition of the amazing vision and hard work each of our couples put into their wedding day, which lives on to…
So, a few days before this polar vortex hit pretty much all of the midwest of the USA strong, I met with Molly and Tayler for their engagement session with regular Michigan winter temperatures…you know, barely breaking 10 degrees. It actually WAS pretty freezing but these two…they had nothing but smiles and were a dream to work with! I figured I’m posting all these previews to our…
The Knot Best Of Weddings Pick 2019
Traverse City Wedding Photographer, Rockhill Studio
Every year, it’s always such an honor to photograph each couple on the most special day of their lives. It’s a privilege we don’t take lightly! And thanks to all my AMAZING clients, we’ve received a "Best Of Weddings” pick for 2019 from The Knot! I wanted to take a moment to spread the celebration (cue a ton of confetti!)
Lizzy and Steve’s wedding day was one of the hottest and most humid days this summer. It was a scorcher. For us in Northern Michigan, anyways. Many of the guests of Lizzy and Steve were visiting the Traverse City area from down south and with the temps, they felt right at home! But the venue, held at Verterra Vineyards in the Leelanau Peninsula was truly…
FTD Wedding Bouquet Feature
Rochill Studio, Traverse City and Northern Michigan Wedding Photographer
I love many, MANY aspects of a wedding day. The dress, the food, the music, and of course I love all the florals! Picking a wedding bouquet can be more stressful than people realize…it ties much of a wedding theme together with the colors and style. There’s a ton of options out there but FTD.com put together a super sweet inspiration post highlighting a popular choice in the late summer/fall: sunflowers! And features a gorgeous bouquet from one of our weddings!!
Check out the post HERE!
Earlier this summer, before the 4th of July hits and all of Traverse City and the surrounding areas becomes tourist central, we ventured out to the Sleeping Bear Dunes with Alexa and Jake for their engagement session. It was just SO perfect. There were a few…
Travel Dates for Oct/Nov. 2018
Hello friends! With fall fast approaching (or pretty much already here. The cold evenings and color changing on the trees as you drive around Traverse City has me completely excited!!) With that in mind, if you are thinking about scheduling your engagement or couples session soon, do it now!
I wanted to let you know our updated travel info for this coming month or two, so if you are in these areas and admire our work from afar, let us know and we can schedule something!!
Denver, CO / New Mexico
Austin / San Antonio
Nov. 1 - 2
Gulf Shores, AL
So, if you’re in those areas, or know someone who has to have a session with us, let me know! I can’t wait to share all the amazing images from our travels!
Many people choose the Traverse City area for their wedding because it's just, well, beautiful. Just about everywhere you turn there's scenic views everywhere. And Emma and Michael chose one of the prettiest views in the area: the Lake Michigan Overlook at Sleeping Bear Dunes. If you've never been, it's this massive 500ft sand dune on the shores of Lake Michigan that has unparalleled views, sand for miles, and rolling hills of beach…
Mackinac Island Destination Wedding Photography Feature
One super special wedding we had the privilege of photographing last summer was Lindsey and Conner's sweet family tying the knot at Mackinac Island's Mission Point Resort. We blogged this wedding before (if you scroll past entries you'll see it!) and I am SO happy to have this wedding featured on Big Love Small Weddings today! From their fudge cake to the carriage ride around the pretty spots on the island, this wedding was everything an intimate destination wedding (for them!) could be. Northern Michigan is so beautiful and Mackinac Island just provided the absolute perfect backdrop for their nautical themed wedding.
Check out the feature post HERE!
I know I JUST blogged this wedding, but...in case you missed it, or just want another look at this AMAZING vow renewal, you can check it out on Brides & Weddings! Click below for the link to this feature.
If I had to pick a title for this day, I'd call it the "vow renewal to end all vow renewals." Quin and Donny are already married. With 3 gorgeous children. And were coming up on their 10 year anniversary. Quin had messaged me about how she wanted to have a "wedding" vow renewal and the ideas she had for that. This couple had originally gotten married in a very small ceremony and didn't have all the fancy celebration that a wedding day typically entails. But, 10 years later, she was more in love with her husband than ever before and they wanted...
We travel to Florida A LOT. Maybe not as much as some people, but I swear we are there at least once a year. We've been to several areas of the state, but a favorite of ours is the St. Augustine area. I love the history of it (if you really get to know me, you'll know that I'm an American History enthusiast) and of course is just really really cool. While the couple is planning their Michigan wedding for next winter, they are currently...
Summer in Northern Michigan is absolutely spectacular. It's the *perfect* temperature, low humidity (I mean, for the most part!) with endless beaches and water, pine forests, and much to see and do. So summer in Michigan is the perfect place for a wedding. But, as much as you try and plan out every detail of the wedding day, you also have to plan for rain. And that's what Rae and Steve had to contend with. Rain. And LOTS of...
Bailey and Ty's wedding on Drummond Island this past summer was like a wonderful family party. Partly because they have ties to Drummond Island so it was like seeing all the family members come back home for a celebration. And partly because their families and wedding party were SO FUN! The couple got ready at an intimate little church on the island (and if you've ever been to Drummond Island, it's an amazing spot with beautiful scenery and lots of outdoor adventures...and not a whole lot of population, so everything has that small town charm to it that only added...
Last year we were SO honored to be given the 2017 Editor's Choice award. I probably said it then, but when my couple's put so much hard work into their weddings and I have the privilege of capturing the culmination of that blood, sweat, and tears, it's the cherry on top when their wedding is showcased to the world by other wedding blogs and magazines, showing all the other brides planning their wedding inspiration they can use on their day. It's amazing!!
Two Bright Lights is a wedding platform that so, so many of those wedding blogs and magazines use and it streamlines the submission process for us photographers. This award recognizes the best-of-the-best of the photographers who submit their weddings to be published by the wedding blogs and magazines. And...we were chosen for this again!!! The 2018 Editor's Choice Award recognizes the top 1% of those photographers and vendors who submit their work for publication.
It's an absolute honor for me to be recognized, but nothing would happen if not for my amazing clients who entrust me with their wedding day. So let's all have a collective high five/pat on the back/cheers and celebrate!!
Andria and Jim are quite possibly the most perfect couple you'd want to meet. They are the kind of couple you want to just hang out with and have fun. So sweet and kind and just amazing humans. After getting to know them better for our engagement session, my excitement for their wedding was easily doubled! I knew it was going to be a fun one...we were able to travel down to the Illinois/Iowa boarder for...
That first snowfall of winter is a magical time in Northern Michigan. Fall is winding down and everyone is in anticipation of those first flakes. It's the *perfect* time for an engagement session as true cold temperatures haven't settled into winter yet, the snows aren't deep (mostly!) and there's no better reason to cuddle a little closer. We shot just about one...
You guys know how much I love our albums. I did a whole other blog post on why you SHOULD choose an album for your wedding (some packages include one and you can always add on an album - or two - to any package, at any time). You can check that blog post out HERE. It goes into much more detail about the albums themselves and what makes them so special. If you are just getting familiar with the option of including a custom wedding album...
When Brittany was in the stages of planning for her wedding, she and Nick decided on the gorgeous destination of Breckenridge, Colorado to tie the knot. She had found an image of this incredible mountain overlook and knew that was what she she wanted. However, this couple lives in beautiful Northern Michigan and still wanted their engagement session at "home". Initially Brittany contacted me just...